The Skyscrapers of the FutureSubmitted by jrd3820 on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 22:47
Free From the Rules of Physics and Practicality, 20 Architects Radically Reimagine the Skyscraper.These high-rise designs are sci-fi visions of the future
By Jimmy Stamp
March 27, 2014
Since 2006, the architecture journal eVolo, which focuses on avant-garde design and technological innovations, has held an annual competition challening designers to reimagine vertical living "through the novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations." The results are often mind-bending, sci-fi visions of alternate realities and possible futures expressed in stunning computer renderings. But the problems and issues these buildings address are very real. Most of these designs aren't practical solutions, but they aren't meant to be; the competition is a way to speculate on the role of the high-rise in the future and push the boundaries of a building type that only seems to be growing - both in height and in numbers.
The 525 entries submitted this year were judged by an impressive list of architects and educators (see the full list below), who selected three winning projects and twenty honorable mentions, all of which have bee published on their website and can be seen in the above gallery.
The first place title was awarded to Yong Ju Lee for his thoughtful proposal “Vernacular Versatility,” which reinterprets elements of traditional Korean architecture such as exposed wood and a curving tile roof. Advancement in design software has made it possible to extrapolate these traditionally one-story forms into innovative high-rise structures designed to meet new cultural needs.
Read More Here + Slideshow and pics of some of the buildings